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Italy PM backs away from academic bid

Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister of Italy, has said he will reconsider his application for a professorship at Sapienza University of Rome due to a possible conflict of interest.

Conte announced on 6 September that he would pause plans to get himself recruited as a professor of private law, and would not sit an exam required for the post, the news website Politico reported.

An earlier report by Politico said that Conte was still in the running for the post, having applied in February before being appointed prime minister. This sparked protest and mockery from other politicians. The report flagged that Conte’s education undersecretary, Lorenzo Fioramonti, had vowed just days earlier to fight corruption in academic appointments, saying he had received complaints about more than 30 procedures in two months.

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